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Beijing delight for Vijay

india Updated: Apr 23, 2009 01:59 IST
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When Vijay Kumar first burst on to the international scene with a gold in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the unassuming rapid-fire pistol marksman from Hamipur district of Himachal Pradesh had given more than just a hint of his potential.

At the National Championships in Kerala this year, the Mhow-based Army marksman, overshadowed his illustrious counterpart, Samaresh Jung, with an almost clean-sweep in the pistol events.

With the start to the season so glorious, it was only a matter of time before he shot a medal in the World Cup.

On Wednesday, at Beijing, he created history by clinching India's first silver in the men's section, to add to the superb performance of Heena Sidhu on Tuesday.

Beijing seems to be Vijay's favourite range, or so it seems.

He had shot his best placement when he finished seventh at the 2008 pre-Olympic World Cup, a commendable achievement considering that Indian pistol shooters are but poor cousins to their rifle counterparts. He shot 581 in the qualifying round and was placed fourth going into the final, but shot an excellent 199.4 (total 780.4) to win silver.

More than winning the silver, it was gold lost for the Himachal boy as he missed it by just 0.1 point.

The gold medal went to Sanderson Keith of the US with a score of 780.5 (584+196.5). Akiyama Teruyoshi of Japan bagged bronze with 777.5 pts (579+198.5).


Date of birth: August 19, 1985
Team- Army Marksmanship Unit
Commonwealth Games 2006 - Gold
Asian Games 2006 - Bronze
Arjuna Award 2007
World Cup Beijing 2008- 7th
WC Beijing 2009- Silver
Current World Ranking- 26